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Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Joel Edwards

March 27AutismLearning ObjectivesDescribe the historical views of Autism Spectrum Disorders ASDsList and explain the characteristics of AutismDiscuss attitudes towards individuals with ASDs Understand barriers to physical activity for individuals with ASDsExplain the common strategies used to support positive behavior for individuals with ASDs Historical PerspectiveLeo Kanner 1943Published first paper identifying children with autismHe said these children have come into the world with an innate inability to form the usual biologically provided affective contact with people just as other children come into the world with innate physical and intellectual handicapsHans Asperger 1944Described 4 kids with some characteristics to those described by KannerDifferences intellectual abilities and language skills were at a much higher levelHis description formed the basis for Aspersers syndromeCurrent Perspective what is autismAutism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first 3 years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills Both children and adults with autism
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